By Quinn Western, social media and photography intern

In honor of Founders Week, an outstanding student and alum from each college are rewarded for their success, excellence and leadership. The blog will feature a different college each day during Founders Week, April 4–13, 2014.

Today’s featured College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management honorees show how a technical background can foster the skills and discipline to succeed in—and beyond—the lab.

Alumnus: Rob SalmonRobSalmon

Rob Salmon was one of the early members of the sales organization of NetApp, a data management and computer storage company. He has been with the company since 1994. He was the executive vice president from 2005 until he was promoted to president and head of Go-to-Market operations a few days ago, according to NetApp’s website.

NetApp has made Fortune’s “Best Places to Work” list for seven consecutive years.

Salmon graduated from Chico State in computer information systems in 1990. He has been involved in Fairfield High School Staff Scholarship, Asian American Donor Association, and has shaved his head three times for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Student: Alexandra “Alex” Oran

Alex Oran is president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.AlexOran

While being such a big part of ASCE, Oran has teamed up with other officers to create a mentoring program for juniors and seniors to connect with incoming freshmen.

She has attended leadership workshops to help her further be a leader within the department and ASCE. She also competes in the ASCE National Canoe Competition. During the contest, students plan and build a new canoe out of concrete during the fall semester and then race it against other schools in the spring.

Beyond her involvement in ASCE, Oran has received the following honors:

  • Sacramento Section Award for Professional Service (in 2013 and 2012)
  • Samuel Fletcher Tapman National ASCE Student Chapter Scholarship
  • Golze Scholarship Award